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Enormous Consequences

October 17, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

You’ll want to check out this useful site. (Hat tip: Glenn Greenwald.)

As background, federal district court judge Virginia Phillips issued an injunction last Tuesday ordering the US military to stop enforcing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, following up on her September 9 decision declaring DADT unconstitutional. Despite the support of President Obama and the Pentagon for a repeal of DADT, the Justice Department has asked Judge Phillips to stay her decision while they file an appeal, with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates expressing concern that abruptly reversing DADT would have “enormous consequences for our troops.” The NYT noted in an editorial today that “the administration made overheated claims that a precipitous change in wartime would have adverse effects on morale, good order, discipline and unit cohesion.”

Thanks to the site linked to at the top, we can keep track of the enormous consequences so far of staying DADT. The site provides a handy table listing reported incidents of unit cohesion problems, disciplinary problems, resignations, and privacy problems. As I write, 128 hours, 56 minutes, and 53 seconds after the lifting of DADT, the number in each category is 0.

129 hours now. Still 0 incidents.

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